A MAN arrested in the Romanian capital Bucharest over claims he distributed more than 200 pornographic videos involving children on the internet has been convicted.
The Foreign Office confirmed that Charles David Fletcher, whose address is listed as Mill Lane, Barton under Needwood, appeared before a district court in Romania where he was found guilty of distributing around 200 videos involving children aged between one and around 13.
Fletcher shared the images and information with other internet users through a peer-to-peer system from March 2011 to January 2012.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware that a British national was given a three-year suspended prison sentence in Romania.
“We have provided consular assistance.”
Alongside the suspended sentence, the 35-year-old was ordered not to access peer-to-peer computer network ‘eDonkey2000’ for six years and was also made to attend a counselling programme run by the probation service.
It is believed Fletcher has launched a challenge against the conviction in the Romanian Court of Appeal.
He has been detained by police since he was first arrested in February this year.
He was caught by the anti-organised crime directorate after Romanian authorities swooped following a tip-off regarding his activities by Danish police.
Members of the Romanian antiorganised crime directorate then conducted intensive surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations before apprehending the suspect.
During the investigation, the ‘volume of material and the shocking nature of the content’ forced the authorities to request several extended detention orders until the case came to trial.
A spokesman for the Bucharest branch of the Romanian Police confirmed to the Mail that the case had been concluded.
He said: “I can confirm Romanian prosecutors from the anti-organised crime directorate (DIICOT) have now completed the case against Charles David Fletcher.
“He was handed a three-year suspended prison sentence. For six years he is not allowed to access the computer network ‘eDonkey2000’ and he is also required to attend a probation service counselling programme.”